John Lawrence Sullivan’s collection was a strong expression of the Rebel within! Subcultural provocateurs, post punk and new wave were the inspiration this season, with highlights being high shine PVC, heavy soled creepers and washed denim.
‘Afterdark’ featured as embroidery was the word lifted from the pages of Lurker Grand’s Hot Love: Swiss Punk & Wave, 1976-1980, a chronicle of the country’s music scene and the youth who defined it, with their printed ephemera, fashion and DIY zines. Even the polka dots in the collection were from a promotional image of one of the era’s underground bands.
Inspired also by Dave Gahan, the iconic frontman of Depeche Mode, we saw midriff bearing tops, leather black trousers and sharp shouldered tailoring. It was just so effortlessly cool and the layering of sleeveless jackets over shirts and hoodies took us back to when these looks were revolutionary!
Words // Christobelle Batchelor – Fashion Director